Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body. Widely embraced among dancers for years, the exercises are popping up in fitness classes, physical therapy offices, corporate retreats, and wellness centers across the country.
Practiced faithfully, Pilates yields numerous benefits. Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep, healthy breathing is a primary focus. Strength and flexibility, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles, and coordination – both muscular and mental are – key components in an effective Pilates program. Posture, balance and core strength are all heartily increased. Bone density and joint health improve, and many experience positive body awareness for the first time. Pilates teaches balance and control of the body, and that capacity spills over into other area of one’s life.